diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ˈdī-ə-ˌgram \

Definition of diagram 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)

2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\-​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl \ adjective
diagrammatic \ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik \ or less commonly diagrammatical \-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl \ adjective
diagrammatically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

figure, graphic, illustration, plate, visual

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun

a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates.

Verb

The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Regis didn’t say too much about the specifics of the Whiskey Lake-U platform, though a chip diagram that Intel published shows some details: Thunderbolt 3 will be included, as well as support for DDR4/LPDDR3, embedded DisplayPort, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chip launches, emphasizing connectivity this time around," 28 Aug. 2018 In accordance with Allen’s instructions, all of the diagrams and data are available to the entire neuroscience community for free. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The problem features a diagram with five numbers and three blanks. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "This First-Grade Math Problem Has Everyone Stumped," 17 May 2017 According to a diagram released by the Thai government, two divers are being paired with each person being rescued. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Four boys removed from Thailand cave as divers race to beat the rains," 9 July 2018 Because of that, there are no complete diagrams or blueprints for the Foundation to rely on when studying the house. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Take a 3D Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West," 21 June 2018 Instructions Cut the front, back, and sides to length from the 1/2-inch poplar or plywood, according to the diagram. Duane Bruton, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Litter Box (That Actually Looks Nice)," 25 Apr. 2018 Between 1942 and 1945, Disney contributed footage to dozens upon dozens of films, often in the form of animated maps or diagrams that were plugged in-between lengthier live-action footage. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Cartoon That Teaches You How to Fire an Anti-Tank Rifle," 3 Dec. 2015 The application, with its maps, diagrams and other details, is hundreds of pages long. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Pebble’s application for a Southwest Alaska gold mine is now public," 27 Aug. 2013

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The English part of me wants to start diagramming all of those sentences. Fox News, "Lessons from Tuesday's election results," 9 Aug. 2018 This is where Roberson started diagramming those rotations on the table. SI.com, "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Starting in November 2016, the yacht went on a whirlwind voyage, all of it on paper, in a feat of asset protection and financial engineering so elaborate that the judge diagramed it in an April ruling. David Segal, New York Times, "A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce," 6 June 2018 Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. Tom Green, AL.com, "Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson's pre-NFL Draft training," 25 Apr. 2018 The bookshelves are stuffed mostly with biographies, plus a coffee table tome diagramming Tour de France routes. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Legend of Z: Zdeno Chara Remains Obsessed in His Pursuit of Outsized Excellence," 3 Apr. 2018 Scientists had diagrammed the somewhat smooth distributions of other tetrapods—vertebrates descended from the earliest four-limbed creatures. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Reptiles Are Concentrated in Specific Locations, Often Unprotected," 1 Apr. 2018 Some standard information, starting lineups, basic statistics and weather information bleed into a distribution chart that requires the scout to diagram each formation the team used, starting with the most preferential. Conor Orr, SI.com, "I Scouted the Patriots Using Steve Belichick’s Scouting Manual. Here’s What I Learned," 16 Jan. 2018 Arians has a blowup of the famous Time magazine cover of Bryant diagramming a play hanging in his office at the Cardinals' football facility. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Former Bear Bryant assistant Bruce Arians retires as Cardinals' all-time wins leader," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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The first known use of diagram was in 1619

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diagram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ˈdī-ə-ˌgram \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\-​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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